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Paul Pogba has been singing the praises of Neymar, Eden Hazard and Marco Reus and believes the trio can take over from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the dominant forces in modern football once the El Clasico couple decide to call it a day.
The Frenchman himself could easily be in the conversation as to who the best player in the world will be in the next few years, but he instead kept himself out of the discussion when revealing the players he admired the most.
Speaking to ESPN about who he saw as Messi and Ronaldo's successors, Pogba said, "You never know with those guys. In the future you can see Neymar, Hazard, Reus. There are so many young players who can replace them. You never know because in a season you can be injured for six months or twelve months... I hope they won't but you never know what's going to happen."
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Pogba reserved special praise for the former Brazil captain, though, who he described simply as 'the future'.
"Neymar is the future. He is the future and the present. He makes me enjoy. I am a player, I play football but when I look at him I just enjoy. He makes me enjoy football. He is the man because he does skills. It's like he is dancing on the pitch, he is scoring goals, giving assists, dribbling. He play for himself and he plays for everyone. I like this."
As the world's most expensive footballer, it's perhaps a little surprising that Pogba didn't consider himself among the top players in the world, but the Manchester United midfielder explained that he is working towards reaching that level:
"No, I don't put myself there. I just play and the people can talk about me. I do not say anything about myself.
"The level always go higher. You never get tired of getting better and working harder. I'm happy from where I come from to be here but that's not enough. I want to carry on to become one of the best midfielders in the world."
Wit Ronaldo recently lifting his fourth Ballon d'Or and this year's inaugural FIFA 'The Best' award, he ensured that no one outside him or Messi have been anointed as the world's best player for the last nine years. How long will it be before a Neymar, Hazard, Reus or a Pogba breaks the monopoly?
(H/T IB Times)
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